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John Lamb could be option for Royals rotation in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:33 am ET) Royals starting pitcher prospect John Lamb is on the team's radar for a potential promotion to the majors, if the big-league rotation needs an arm this summer, according to The Kansas City Star.

“If we needed somebody to go up, and there was an opportunity, I don’t think any of us would hesitate to make that recommendation,” assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said.

The former top-100 prospect is 6-1 with a 2.74 ERA through eight starts for Triple-A Omaha. After struggling in his return from Tommy John surgery in 2011, the left-hander is beginning to round into form again.

“His changeup is looking more like the changeup he had prior to surgery, with good arm speed and deception,” Picollo said. “And the curveball’s got better shape. So there’s a lot of things pointing in the right direction. And he’s doing a much better job being aware of the running game as well.”


Dioner Navarro set to come off DL in between doubleheader games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:24 am ET) The Blue Jays will bring catcher Dioner Navarro off the disabled list prior to the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals, manager John Gibbons said.

Navarro has been sidelined since late April due to a hamstring injury. Navarro has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo. He hit .286 (4 for 14) with one double, one home run, four RBI, one run, two walks and four strikeouts.


Report: Mets limiting Steven Matz's pitch count to save for majors
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) The Mets have limited to Steven Matz to less than 80 pitches in his last two starts to save his arm for the majors, the New York Post reports.

The Mets are currently featuring a six-man rotation, so he doesn't have a clear path to major-league playing time, but Mets officials unconcerned he'll grow frustrated waiting for a promotion.

"I think he realizes, he sees everybody that is up there and knows there is no place to put him," an organizational source told the Post. "If he was going to lose interest, he would have lost it, I think, three or four starts ago."

Matz is 6-3 with a 1.98 ERA and a 70:23 K:BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

"It’s like taking a big league guy and throwing him against a rookie ball team," a PCL talent evaluator said. "He just dominates every night he goes out. He’s done everything he’s supposed to do at Triple-A, and it’s a lot easier to evaluate a pitcher in this league, because if they are as good as Matz is in the Pacific Coast League, he is pretty damn good. They don’t hit the ball against him."


Rays recall outfielder Mikie Mahtook
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:20 am ET) The Rays recalled outfielder Mikie Mahtook from Triple-A Durham on Tuesday after placing reliever Ernesto Frieri on waivers.

Mahtook went 1 for 4 (.250) with one home run and two RBI in four games earlier this season for Tampa Bay.


Pirates' Chris Stewart smacks three doubles in win Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11:05 am ET) Pirates catcher Chris Stewart went 3 for 4 with three doubles in his team's 4-3 win over the Giants on Monday.

It was the 12th start of the season for Stewart, who doubled his extra-base total on the season in a single game. He has hit .296/.304/.407 with six RBI in 54 at-bats.


Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar gets breather in first game of doubleheader
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:04 am ET) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar was held out of the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals. It was just the second time in 53 games that Pillar was held out of the lineup.

Ezequiel Carrera started in the place of Pillar, who is mired in a long hitting slump. Pillar is batting just .156 in his last 27 games, which has dropped his average from .289 to .223 in that span.


Blue Jays' Encarnacion, Martin still out for Game 1 of doubleheader
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:59 am ET) Before Monday's game was rained out, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons made the decision to sit first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and catcher Russell Martin. Gibbons didn't change his lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, as both players remained out of the lineup against Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.

Although, Martin's absence also had to do with the fact knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was on the mound for Toronto since Josh Thole has been his personal catcher for most of the season. Justin Smoak was in the lineup for Encarnacion.

Encarnacion heads into Tuesday's doubleheader mired in a 1-for-24 slump in his last six games. Prior to his slump, he hit .297 with a .615 slugging percentage, five doubles, eight home runs and 24 RBI in his previous 26 games.

Martin has also hit a bit of an offensive wall as of late, as he is batting .176 with no home runs, one double and one RBI in his last 10 games.


Mets' Ruben Tejada racks up three hits in win Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:58 am ET) Mets third baseman Ruben Tejada went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored in his team's 7-0 win over the Padres on Monday.

Tejada was batting second and serving as the starting third baseman for the fourth straight game, and he's been excellent in the role, going 8 for 17 with three doubles and four RBI. Manager Terry Collins said on Sunday that Tejada would continue to serve as the regular third baseman for now. The infielder has hit .274/.357/.419 with one home run and eight RBI in 62 at-bats.


Nationals' Yunel Escobar batting leadoff in Game 1 of DH
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:53 am ET) Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is batting leadoff in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Regular leadoff man Denard Span is missing Game 1 with a knee injury, leaving Escobar to fill the role for the seventh time this season. He's 4 for 5 with a walk and a home run when leading off the first inning for the Nationals and has hit .313/.371/.391 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 179 at-bats.

The Nationals are heavy favorites (-210) for Game 1 with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound, per VegasInsider.com.


Rays INF Nick Franklin working on changes to fix hitting woes
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:49 am ET) After getting two hits in his season debut May 17, the hits dried up for Rays infielder Nick Franklin, who entered play Monday mired in a 0-for-24 slump. Although the Rays lost 7-3 to the Angels, Franklin had some personal success, ending his slide with a two-run homer.

"It was a big hit for him, it was a big hit for us at the time, especially against [Garrett Richards]," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com.

Franklin said after the game he has been working on fixing his swing, particularly with his hand placement.

"I've been working on it the last two days, I just made that adjustment," Franklin said. "As of right now, I think it's working. I like where I'm at with it. And I'm just going to continue doing it.

"It takes about two weeks to break a bad habit. You know it's early for me, personally. ... Technically, I just really started with the ABs. I think it's just going to take a little time and I'll get it."


 
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